The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2012
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Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life, something like his old life, exists beyond the airport.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2012
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 9 sound discs (600 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780449013113
Branch Call Number: SWCD Hell
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark.


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May 18, 2020

Listening to this end-of-times survivalist story during the unknowns of the COVID epidemic was haunting and this book stuck with me long after I finished it.

Great narrator, great characterization; great love scenes. I was willing to suspend belief on some of the details that seem to be bugging people, but that's why we write reviews; opinions are like ... :)

Love that I can still download audiobooks with the libraries closed. It makes life so very tolerable and keeps me company taking me outside my sheltered existence.

I enjoyed "The River" a fairly taunt thriller and I'm about to seek out another of his works.

Sep 26, 2019

Phenomenal book with a complex development of characters and a profound message of hope and relationships in an apocalyptic world. The characters are so well developed, even the ones that seem stereotypical are revealed to have more layers than expected. The story is both a memory of better times with the main character (Hig) revealing his personal life and the slow destruction of the world and one of finding love and hope in a scorched and destroyed world of violence and danger. Well read in the audio version. I was completely absorbed in the danger, discovery and transition of the novel. Brilliant and refreshing at the end.

Mar 23, 2019

I've tried this twice, once as a print book, next as the audio read by a generally good voice. It must be the writer's intent to pace this & to have it read as two or three words at a time, like one is reading to a 4 year old child. I hated it!! Even skipping forward I couldn't get away from the tedious, tedious drone of this insufferable man. I must be the only person with this reaction. I may try another of his, but not holding out much hope. Oh, yes, the only parts I enjoyed were the descriptions of his flights - all very well known to me.

Nov 18, 2017

I read a lot of futuristic dystopian books and loved this one. Heller takes his time developing multi-layered characters and by the end of the book I was heavily invested in them. Terrific suspense and action as well.

Aug 14, 2016

I very good book. Well written. Its some what depressing though.

Nov 03, 2015

I could be wrong but I think this book will become a classic and still be around a hundred years from now. People in the future will be so impressed at the antique transportation and weapons.

Feb 24, 2015

I understand and concur with many of the criticisms leveled at The Dog Stars, but, in the end, I really did like so much about this book. In a depressing, dangerous, dystopian world, Hig still hopes and still believes in the power and possibilities of love -- in many forms. He loves his dog, he loves his dead wife; he even loves his curmudgeonly, armed-to-the-teeth neighbor. And he believes enough that love and goodness can exist, must exist, that he's willing to risk his relatively safe but empty life to go in search of them. Utlimately, for me, The Dog Stars delivered a hopeful message wrapped in an interesting story.

Jul 11, 2013

This was a beautiful book. I listened to it on Audio and think that even enhanced it appeal.

Dec 13, 2012

I am almost through with this as an audiobook and am enjoying the story much more than I thought I would. It's not your typical post-apocalypse plot: no zombies, no large-scale assaults, no roughing it in the big cities. "Hig" is a relatable and emotional character without losing his toughness, and as an animal lover I felt a strong connection due to his bond with his dog, Jasper. The setting in rural Colorado is also refreshing. If you are hesitant about reading apocalyptic fiction because of the stereotypes permeating the genre, give The Dog Stars a try. It might just change your mind!

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